Pacific Salmon Identification
Marine or Ocean Phase

As prepared by Steve Thiesfeld  Puget Sound Salmon Recreational Salmon Fishery Manager of Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

Chinook (King)
    *    Mouth is dark with a black gum line
    *    Large, sharp teeth
    *    Spots on both lobes of tail
    *    Large spots on back

Coho (Silver)
    *    Mouth is light with white gum line
    *    Medium size, sharp teeth
    *    Spots only on upper lobe of tail
    *    Spots on back
    *    Wide caudal peduncle
Pink   (Humpy)
    *    Mouth is white with black gum line
    *    In marine areas, almost no teeth
    *    Large oval spots on both lobes of tail
    *    Large black spots on back
    *    Pointed lower jaw
    *    No silver on tail
    *    Very small scales
Chum  (Dog)
    *    Mouth is white with a white gum line
    *    Well developed teeth
    *    No spots on tail or back
    *    Calico markings (vertical bars) 
              - faint on bright fish
    *    Narrow caudal peduncle
    *    White tip on anal fin
Sockeye  (Red)
    *    Mouth is white with a white gum line
    *    Almost  toothless
    *    No spots on tail or back
    *    Large bright gold glassy eye
    *    Deep blue color on back

 

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Originated 10-20-05   Last revised 12-26-2014
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